Today Unicode officially released version 11.0 of the Unicode Standard and Twitter has added support for all 157 new emojis to the latest version of Twemoji.

Twitter is typically one of the first companies to support new emoji releases[1] and Twemoji 11.0 marks the fourth Twemoji release from Twitter in 2018, though the first major update with new emojis.

Featuring 156 of the 157 new emoji recommended in Emoji 11.0, Twemoji 11.0 includes the much-requested šŸ‘Øā€šŸ¦° Red Haired Man and šŸ‘©ā€šŸ¦° Red Haired Woman.

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Twitter's other 2018 updates - Twemoji 2.5, Twemoji 2.6 and Twemoji 2.7 - each only featured design modifications in already existing emojis.

Note the numbering of those previous updates. With Twemoji 11.0, Twitter has opted to synchronize its version numbering with that of the Unicode Standard. This echoes the change of title made to the provisionally titled Emoji 6.0 in October of last year, when it was renamed Emoji 11.0.

But why only 156 of the 157 emojis featured in Emoji 11.0? Despite not being Recommended for General Interchange (RGI) until the release of Emoji 11.0, Twemoji has supported the šŸ“ā€ā˜ ļø Pirate Flag as a a ZWJ sequence of šŸ“ Black Flag and ā˜ ļø Skull and Crossbones since July 2016's Twemoji 2.1.2.

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Above: The Pirate Flag emoji design on Twitter. Image: Twemoji 2.1.2

This emoji has remained part of Twitter's emoji set and received no changes in this latest release.

Smileys

Emoji 11.0 features six new smiley face emojis which are all supported in Twemoji 11.0.

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As discussed by Twitter Design Lead Bryan Haggerty on a recent episode of Emoji Wrap podcast, the new šŸ„° Smiling Face With 3 Hearts has the potential to be quite a popular addition, considering the popularity of its fellow heart-featuring šŸ˜ Heart Eyes and šŸ˜˜ Kissing faces.

šŸ„³ Partying Face echoes the frequently-used šŸŽ‰ Party Popper, while šŸ„µ Hot Face and šŸ„¶ Cold Face might also be popular in the wake of extreme weather.

Hair Colors & Styles

Twemoji 11.0 features redheaded people, however, it also features six other emoji people defined by the hair (or lack thereof):

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Each of these emojis support the five skin tone modifiers. On that note, while it may look like šŸ‘Øā€šŸ¦± Man, Curly Haired and šŸ‘©ā€šŸ¦± Woman, Curly Haired are aping their fellow newbies šŸ‘Øā€šŸ¦° Red Haired Man and šŸ‘©ā€šŸ¦° Red Haired Woman, their hair color changes across skin tones:

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Each of these emojis are created via a ZWJ sequence that involves one of the four new "emoji component" code points that are included in Unicode 11.0:

While assigned code points in Unicode 11.0, these four emoji components feature no graphical representation in Twemoji 11.0 - they exist purely to allow for ZWJ sequences shown above.

Heroes & Villains

While originally proposed as smileys, Emoji 11.0 features humanoid Superhero and Supervillain emojis.

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There are man and woman variants of both, as shown above. The base emojis that don't specify a gender (šŸ¦ø Superhero and šŸ¦¹ Supervillain ) respectively display as the šŸ¦øā€ā™€ļø Woman Superhero and šŸ¦¹ā€ā™€ļø Woman Supervillain within Twemoji 11.0.

As yet, no major vendors display the base emoji for any human with a non-binary or gender-inclusive design - excluding the specific characters of child, adult, and older adult.

Animals

Twemoji 11.0 features a total of ten new animals[2], including šŸ¦” Badger, šŸ¦› Hippo and šŸ¦˜ Kangaroo:

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All are rendered full-bodied except the šŸ¦ Raccoon, which only has its face displayed. The šŸ¦ž Lobster has its the correct number of legs which was highlighted when Emojipedia's own sample image was reported as being "anatomically incorrect".

Science

Although "science" is not technically an emoji category it its own right, Emoji 11.0 has introduced a series of new science-oriented emojis to join the šŸ”¬ Microscope, āš—ļø Alembic and šŸ”­ Telescope. Here's what they look like in Twemoji 11.0:

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Body Parts & Footwear

There are two new emojis representing parts of the human body, šŸ¦µ Leg and šŸ¦¶ Foot. Both support skin tones.

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Keeping with the theme of lower limbs, there are two new footwear emoji in Twemoji 11.0: šŸ„¾ Hiking Boot and šŸ„æ Woman's Flat Shoe.

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There is also a now a šŸ¦· Tooth and a šŸ¦“ Bone emoji.

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Food

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Households Items & Other Objects

A series of new household items are featured within Twemoji 11.0. Most of these objects relate to either repair (e.g. šŸ§µ Thread and šŸ§· Safety Pin) or cleanliness (e.g. šŸ§¼ Soap and šŸ§½ Sponge).

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Also, the new šŸ§ø Teddy Bear emoji looks exceeding cute with it's large red neck ribbons.

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Two other new object emojis which may be found around households but would not generally be considered household items are šŸ§© Jigsaw and šŸ§± Bricks.

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Three additional emojis introduced in Twemoji 11.0 have particular meanings or associations within non-Western cultures:

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The šŸ§Ø Firecracker is a very popular pyrotechnic used in celebrations across the globe, but perhaps most famously as part of Chinese New Year. The šŸ§§ Red Gift Envelope is an object seen within in many Chinese or other East Asian and Southeast Asian traditions, where the red envelope is usually adorned with decorative gold words or patterns and will contain money as a gift. Meanwhile, the šŸ§æ Nazar Amulet is a token common in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries which is believed to protect the holder from the "evil eye".

Echoing the previously discussed šŸ“ā€ā˜ ļø Pirate Flag, the new ā™¾ Infinity and ā™Ÿ Chess Pawn emoji have also previously existed as non-RGI sequences. This was not, however, within Twemoji but rather within Samsung's emoji design set.

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Both ā™¾ Infinity and ā™Ÿ Chess Pawn append a Variation Selector-16 character to specify emoji presentation to be used.

Sports

Emoji 11.0 features four new sporting emoji. These include šŸ„ Lacrosse, which is rendered as the racket and ball on Twemoji 11.0, as well as the šŸ„Ž Softball and šŸ„ Flying Disc[3].

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Lastly, let's look at the new šŸ›¹ Skateboard emoji. Considering that Tony Hawk passed comment upon Emojipedia's original sample design and collaborated on its revision, did Twitter take his critiques on board when creating their own design?

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Perhaps, perhaps not. Twemoji has its own distinct design for the skateboard, and displays the it escalted in the middle of an ollie.

Release

Twemoji 11.0 is now available in Twitter's Open Source Twemoji Repository. New emoji support will be available for all users of the Twitter website, Twitter mobile site, and Tweetdeck in early June.

Update: June 6, 2018: Twitter users are reporting seeing these updates now on Twitter.com

Thanks to Twitter for Android's recent switch to Twemoji, all Android users Android 7.x and below should be able to see the new emojis shortly as well.

Users of the iOS Twitter app will continue to see native emojis from Apple and will therefore have to wait for Emoji 11.0 support to come to iOS later in the year.


  1. Last year Twitter released their Emoji 5.0 designs via Twemoji 2.3 almost an entire month before the final release of Unicode 10.0. ā†©ļøŽ

  2. Assuming that you don't count šŸ¦  Microbe or the inanimate šŸ§ø Teddy Bear. ā†©ļøŽ

  3. Fun fact: Emojipedia Chief Emoji Officer Jeremy Burge is self-described former player of Ultimate. ā†©ļøŽ